Aroldis Chapman Nearly Ready for Free Agency

Posted: 21st September 2009 by Rob Abruzzese in MLB
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According to Melissa Segura of, Cuban defector and left handed pitcher Aroldis Chapman has been granted residency by the small European country Andorra, which clears the biggest hurdle in the process of becoming a free agent pitcher. Chapman’s Andorran residency clears the first and most difficult of the three major hurdles to becoming a major league free agent. Because Chapman had his passport — an almost unheard of occurrence for a Cuban defector — establishing residency took a fraction of the time needed for most defectors and may make him available for free agency before the playoffs begin, his agents say. Supposedly 21-years-old and listed at 6′4″ and 180 lbs., Chapman is a lefty fireballer with a 102 MPH fastball and some not so polished secon ...

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